1584 Tasting Notes

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I’m glad I cut back the steeping time a bit because I like this cup better than the last one. It’s still grassy in flavour but not as overwhelmingly as it was before and the sourness isn’t as pronounced either. The sweetness is a bit clearer, and I actually can taste a bit of fruitiness that could be interpreted as the plum flavour people talk about with this type of tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Marinyn GFOP by Le Societe du The
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I drank this tea with milk this morning and it does taste a bit like an English Breakfast with a hint of malt. It’s not really anything special in my opinion, neither extraordinarily good nor abyssmally bad, it’s just kind of…flat and uninteresting.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

I drank this cup with milk which went very nicely with this tea, emphasizing its sweet character and giving it a very smooth quality.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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64
drank Strawberry Matcha by 52teas
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I had another go at the whole matcha-making thing. This time I used less water – 6 oz as oppose to 8 oz (it amounts to about 3/4 of a cup) along with 1/4 tsp of matcha. The result is less watery than before although I’m still not getting that frothy matcha texture I’m used to seeing with ‘real’ matcha tea. Maybe this particular kind just isn’t suited to that sort of thing or (more likely) I’m just doing it wrong – oh well.

I’m finding that the tea tastes mostly like plain matcha – clean and grassy with that faint trace of bitterness, the strawberry manages to sneak onto the end but it’s not as strong as the (wonderful) odor of the tea suggests that it should be.

One thing I’ve noticed with making matcha in an ordinary bowl like I’m doing is that it cools off very quickly. I’m surprised the Japanese monks had time to meditate over anything while they were busy chugging their tea before it got cold! XD

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
Angrboda

Perhaps they were actually meditating on the invention of tea cosys and thermo cups?

TeaEqualsBliss

You are going to freak but I used 8 tsps for 8 ounces and it was quite nice. The strawberry came out to play the more you use, I found!

TeaEqualsBliss

Nono! Not 8 for this one…that was the chocolate ecstasy sorry! I used 2.5 tsp for this!

Jillian

Cool, I’ll have to give that a shot next time. The matcha trio I ordered from 52Teas has arrived so now I’ve got plenty of matcha to experiment with. :D

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83

De-cupboarding this tea as well. I’m glad I found a good Russian Caravan that isn’t too astringent or smokey; I’d definitely buy this one again the next time I’m in Vancouver.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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74

After reducing the steeping time I noticed that the tea tasted less tannic and astringent, though it loses a bit of that sweetness as well. I’m still not tasting the pepper people talk about when they describe Yunnan teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Root Beer Float by 52teas
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De-cupboarding this tea as well. You know, I was really excited when I ordered this, but it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be in my opinion. Drinking it with milk and a bit of sweetener (honey or agave nectar) does improve things however, though I never really get near what I’d call ‘root-beer float’ flavour.

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec

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71

Not bad…it tastes like a rather generic green oolong without a lot of the complexity I’m used to tasting in a Tie Guan Yin. But I think that might be because I got spoiled by the awesome TGY I got from the Granville Island tea store last year. There is a bit of a fruity flavour present, though it isn’t readily distinguishable as promgranate necessarily, though it gets bit stronger when the tea cools and the natural sweetness of the oolong seems to work with it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Black Powder Blend by Luka Te m.m.
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De-cupboarding this tea. Unfortunately the dregs at the bottom of the bag were rather bitter so I didn’t enjoy the last few cups as much as I would have liked.

Thank you for sending me this tea Angrboda, I did enjoy drinking it. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

You know! I had the EXACT same thing happen to me with this when I got to the end and it was aged a bit…glad I wasn’t alone…

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85
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
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The leaves of this tea are a dark, pine green and look like little bits of chopped-up needles. I’m not quite sure what to expect of this tea, I’ve never tried any of Mellow Monk’s products before – this and one other sample were gifts from TeaEqualsBliss. I’m not even sure what type of tea this is or where it’s from, though my guess from the flavour is that it’s Japanese.

It’s faintly sweet and a bit hay-like at first but then it takes on a savoury, slightly nutty-tasting tone. Then the flavour trails off into a grassy, slightly bitter aftertaste. The touch of bitterness actually seems to work with this tea providing a counterpoint to the initial sweetness that gives this tea balance. It also leaves a nice, fresh, palate-cleansing taste in my mouth.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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